Reliance Jio acquires 488.35 MHz spectrum in auction 2021

Jio won a total of 488.35 MHz across its 3 existing bands and did not venture into any new bands.

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The results for the spectrum auction are out and as expected Reliance Jio has emerged as the operator to have won the highest quantum of spectrum. Jio won a total of 488.35 MHz across its 3 existing bands and did not venture into any new bands. with this acquisition, Jio now has the largest sub GHz footprint and the largest holding in the 2300 MHz band among all private operators. The band-wise details of the spectrum won by Jio are mentioned below.

Circle850 MHz1800 MHz2300 MHz
Andhra Pradesh6.254.210
Himachal Pradesh5010
Jammu & Kashmir0020
Madhya Pradesh53.610
North East03.610
Tamil Nadu103.210
Uttar Pradesh (E)53.620
Uttar Pradesh (W)5520
West Bengal10010
All figures are in MHz

Sh. Mukesh D Ambani, Chairman, Reliance Industries, said, “Jio has revolutionized the digital landscape of India with the country becoming the fastest adopter of Digital Life. We want to ensure that we keep on enhancing experiences, not only for our existing customers but also for the next 300 million users that will move to digital services. With our increased spectrum footprint, we are ready to further expand the digital footprint in India as well as get ourselves ready for the imminent 5G rollout.”

With this acquisition, Jio has increased its spectrum footprint by 55% and also averted the risk of network disruption after the expiry of its existing 850 MHz spectrum. Jio now has a minimum of 2×10 MHz in all circles in the 1800 MHz band and in most circles in the 850 MHz band. Jio also has a minimum of 40 MHz in the 2300 MHz band Pan India. Jio may choose to use some of this spectrum for 5G at an opportune time.

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Esmail Beguwala

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Esmail is passionate about the Telecom spectrum, Broadband data services, and video streaming devices. You can find him binge-watching shows on OTT apps while sipping a cup of coffee when not writing an article.

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can someone make me understand what is this B3 and 10 x 2 etc.. :huh:

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20 thoughts on “Reliance Jio acquires 488.35 MHz spectrum in auction 2021”

  1. Why Jio didn’t bid for band 40 spectrum in Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata, Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu?

    Jio could have made 50Mhz in these circles easily. Why it didn’t bid?

    • They are going with the simple formula of 2 carriers of 20 MHz in band 40 which they can aggregate with 1 carrier of 10 MHz in band 3 and 1 carrier of 10 MHz in band 5 in most circles so it will be a 20+20+10+10 CA wherever they wish to deploy it.

    • 100 Mbps is still way more than what one needs even for 4K video streaming, so it should be fine for mobility devices.

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